Friday, September 30, 2005

Comin' and Goin' for SPF

I'm late, I'm late, I'm vewwy late! Just as I was about to start my posting for SPF the "Wild Blue" guy showed up! Who's he? Well he's the guy that installed my High Speed Satellite service. Yaaaaaaay. I'm finally off of dial up. I didn't know he was showing up today and had just stopped home to pickup the Spreadsheet Expert to go off for a nice walk and take care of my SPF duties but quickly decided the walk and SPF could wait.

The theme for today is "Comings and Goings". This is the view from my back door.

And these are some of my next door neighbors.


Katie's got an audio post.

Got ICE?

I find it difficult to believe no one in DHS had a marketing strategy for branding the new name for the immigration service.

From John McCaslin:
A high-ranking U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent, assigned to the Gulf Coast to assist in recovery from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, says he and his fellow agents were forced to remove their uniforms with "ICE" branded on the back (similar to "FBI" and "POLICE") because storm victims were chasing them down in hopes of receiving bags of ice.

To end the confusion, several ICE agents changed into legacy uniforms - gear that reads "U.S. Customs" and "INS" (the old Immigration and Naturalization Service) - they had worn before the two agencies merged under the fledgling Department of Homeland Security.
Townhall.com :: Columns :: Hey, ICE man! by John McCaslin

At some point with these Federal agencies you just have to laugh and slowly shake your head. From firefighters sitting in a harrassment or sexual political correctness class prior to being allowed to enter NO to assist to FEMA contracting cruise line ships requiring maid service and the abiltity for not only meals but all day snacks to the ridiculous cost per evacuee to the fact the ships aren't needed. I am so amazed when people constantly berate corporations instead wanting Government agencies to do all for them.

Marine Col. Jeff Vold & Lt. Col. James MacVarish Know

From Katherine Kersten we hear from Vold and MacVarish the effect of the anti-war protesters ala Cindy Sheehan on the troops on the ground.
MacVarish says that the terrorists can't win militarily. So their strategy is to make the U.S. and Iraqi people "bleed a little every day." They hope that the resulting media attention will turn the tide of American opinion against the war, and make the political cost of sustaining it too high. "The more play the press gives Cindy Sheehan," MacVarish concludes, "the better the terrorists' chances are of ultimately succeeding here."
Katherine Kersten: Reservist says protesters are breaking faith
Go read the rest of what Vold and MacVarish have to say. This is probably the only way you'll ever see anything remotely negative about the anti-war protesters in the Mpls. Star Tribune!

H/T Powerline

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Thursday, September 29, 2005

ACLU vs TN "Choose Life" Specialty Plates

The Right to Life group in TN spent time and money to go through the proper channels and requirements for the law passed which allowed a specialty plate saying "Choose Life" to be passed into law. The ACLU at that time wanted the state to also allow a "Pro-Choice" specialty plate but of course there had been no effort to follow the proper channels and requirements. The ACLU figured they'd just strong arm the state to piggyback their specialty plates with the law passed for the "Choose Life" specialty plates. When this didn't work for the ACLU they of course did what the ACLU always does, sued the state.

When a federal district judge sided with the ACLU a year ago the TN Right To Life organization appealed. The lawsuit has now gone to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Supposedly all of TN's specialty plate's program is now in jeopardy or may be on hold til the case is settled. I don't see in the article just why that would occur but there are all sorts of groups in a tither about this. It's called the law of unintended consequences since one of these groups is an environmental group. Apparently these specialty plates can raise alot of money.

I did read a new term in the article though:
A year ago, a federal district judge in Nashville sided with the ACLU, saying that the state was engaging in "viewpoint discrimination."

State worries about fate of specialty plates - Thursday, 09/29/05

Linked to Gribbit's Stop The ACLU Blogburst
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Here's a Shocker - ABC Lied About Bias for new Commander in Chief

I can't say I watched the program because I got nauseated the one time I tried to watch West Wing. West Wing is what came to mind immediately when I heard about this new "non-biased" political program. Let's see, West Wing is about the Left's Sleaze Idol Bill Clinton so Commander in Chief had to be about the Left's Iron Woman of Great Intellect Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Snip:
Last night, “Commander in Chief” portrayed conservatives as ruthless, power-hungry, militaristic, Bible-thumping, sexist bigots. The New Republic observed, “the show's partisan bias is comically unsubtle.”

FrontPage magazine.com :: "Commander in Chief": Hillary's Infomercial by Ben Johnson

Judge Awards $25.5M For "Gold Train" From WWII

Here's another one for taxpayers supporting trial (scum sucking) class action attorneys. Schlussel's Mother and Grandparents are/were holocaust survivors and she says the actual survivors never see a dime of these awards. It goes to the attorneys and foundations.

Snip:
Watch for the $25.5 million to go not to the Hungarian Holocaust survivors in whose name the suit was filed--but to a gazillion liberal Jewish professionals and their diversity programs, like this visit to the Arab American National Museum of Hate.
Debbie Schlussel

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Two Party System - Doesn't Mean Who Spends The Most Pork

Where are the Republican "Fiscal" Conservatives of the 1990's? They no longer exist, todays Republicans consider bringing home the bacon to be more important than controlling spending.

Anti-Strib has good postings on this very topic.

Snip from Tracy's When will the Democrats get their shit together?
This leaves us with some lazy, fat, pathetic Republicans who will continue to win elections without any stiff competition. With each victory, they will become more and more deaf to the real needs of their base. It's easy to spend like a drunken sailor when your opponent wants to spend even more.

Snip from Jay's THE TWO PARTY SWINDLE
The most frustrating part to me, falls within Tracy's last post hoping for rigorous competition in the political arena of ideas. Without any real pushback in his own party, President Bush will simply rubber stamp whatever the Congress approves, and even avoid any sound ideas of his own, so that he can look "compassionate". Screw compassionate, how about responsible, or maybe fiducial. (For you Liberals, fiducial means looking out for our money as if it
were his own.)


Such short memories politicians have! They seem to have forgotten what happened with the last election of George Bush I against William Jefferson Clinton AND Ross Perot. Republicans don't like their politicians to act like Democrats when it comes to spending.

Ignorance is not Bliss

I watched at least an hour and maybe more (I lost track of time and then had to dash off) of the hearing today with Michael Brown on CSPAN. What I found most stunning was the abject ignorance of some of the Congressional Representatives questioning Brown. I won't go through each Representative but here's a few of my thoughts.

Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA). This is the same politician who five days after landfall requested a tour of the devastation by the National Guard. What he did then was despicable and corrupt. See valkyrjan for an excellant detailing of this shysters motives. So here's Jefferson excoriating Michael Brown saying out of both sides of his mouth I'm not here to do finger pointing but I need a full explanation of what happened with the total failure of FEMA's response to NO.

Then we have Rep. Gene Taylor (D-Miss) who expects that it's FEMA's responsibility to be in the eye of the storm and be ready to provide not only water, food but at least 5 gallons of gas for each resident in the area. It was FEMA's fault that people had to loot local grocery stores!

Then there's Chris Shays (R-Conn) who is total dufus. Obviously Shays doesn't understand the meaning of the word coordinate. I believe he also thought Brown was supposed order LA Governor Blanco and Mayor Nagin to order an evacuation.

The only person with a head on his shoulders was Brown in that hearing. I didn't really like his answer about what he did wrong, it was lame. Apparently, the group in this hearing believe that FEMA is supposed to know exactly when and where any hurricane is going to hit landfall. I suppose they could use a magic eight ball?? I still think FEMA dropped the ball but what occurred during the time I watched this hearing was nothing but a witch trial.

Today Kathleen Blanco is on the hot seat. Let's see if the committee throws the same personal insults and innuendo's at her! I'll just bet not.

Boys Rip Classmates' Clothes Off, Snap Photos

This is 12, 13 and 14 year old boys. This goes under the very disturbing category!

local6.com - News - Police: Boys Rip Classmates' Clothes Off, Snap Photos

Link from Lucianne

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

HEY! ATTORNEYS - LEAVE MY TEFLON ALONE!

Junk science attorneys are now going after Dupont in a class action lawsuit over unproven health effects supposedly caused by PFOA(perfluorooctanoic acid). Just think, Bill and Hillary Clinton will now have no protection whatsoever! I always thought they had a teflon coating protecting them throughout their whole political career. I mean look at this picture. We all know that if you had removed Hillary and inserted George W. Bush the media for SURE would have run this photo and it would constantly be all over the internet.

Snip:
In July attorneys filed a $5 billion class action lawsuit against DuPont over the alleged health effects of perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA.

There are 14 plaintiffs, though that's just the start. "The class of potential plaintiffs could well contain almost every American that has purchased a pot or pan coated with DuPont's nonstick coating," explained attorney Alan Kluger.

The remedies demanded include replacement cooking utensils, "medical monitoring" of plaintiffs, research funding, and the ubiquitous warning label. There also would be ample fees for the two law firms involved.

Observes Kluger: "I don't have to prove that it causes cancer.

Doug Bandow: Claims against Teflon simply don't stick

Note: I know this is gratuitous use of photo but I do like to put this photo out for all to see on a somewhat regular basis.

Sheehan's Rogue Vagina Eats Officer's Hand

Found this posting on Mudville Gazette's open posting for 9/26. This is such dark humor without four letter words or insulting inuendos, you have to go read it. Too, too clever.

Political Satire Fake News - The Nose On Your Face : Sheehan's Rogue Vagina Eats Officer's Hand

Monday, September 26, 2005

Botched abortion kills both mother & baby

Hmmm. Roe v Wade must have been overturned and this was an abortion performed in a backshop hacksmiths office. Oh that's right, Roe v Wade wasn't overturned and this girl was at a LEGAL baby killer (oops I mean abortion) clinic.

Just read the article.

WorldNetDaily: Botched abortion kills both mother & baby

Linked to Mudville Gazette Open Post
Linked to Outside the Beltway Open Post

Should the U.S. Use Israeli Border Defense Tactics? Hell Yeah!

Why would this even remotely be considered controversial when Israel has proven it works?

Snip:
Along with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), drones, ground sensors and tower sensors, we need aerostat balloons equipped with night-vision and infrared technology and other intelligence payloads to see into Mexico looking for illegal aliens before they get to the border. This capability will provide a constant stream of real time intelligence, which can then be down-linked to a multi-agency command center."
The Counterterrorism Blog: U.S. Congressman Proposes High-Tech Defense to Prevent Terrorist Infiltration

Course someone in DHS upper eschelon would have to make a commitment to actually analyze and utilize the intelligence.

This has been a production of the Guard the Borders Blogburst, held every Monday at Euphoric Reality and other blogs. Our mission is to keep immigration issues at the forefront. If you'd like to be a part of it, send your blog URL and name to kit.jarrell@ gmail dot com.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

LA Politics - Corruption as 'epidemic, endemic, and entrenched

To be honest I'm pretty darn sick and tired of Louisiana politicians. Their finger lack of responsibility and finger pointing to anyone but themselves makes me downright angry (and yes, I watched Russert this morning, I shouldn't have). In fact, I get to a point where I want to say to them either grow up or take a time out (actually, I'd say more but this is supposed to be polite company). The convoluted claims of racism do not make me more sympathetic to the plight of those less fortunate than myself. It makes me not want to help them at all. I'm fed up with the whining and dependence on anyone but themselves. I do realize there are many in Louisiana who have been giving, heroic and stalwart through this disaster and to those I emphathize but the whining drowns them out. I worry about giving any Louisiana politician access to any Federal Funds for rebuilding. It will go down the black hole of graft and corruption of the Democrat Machine in that corrupt state.

Excerpt:
The funding New Orleans did receive was often diverted by the city's Levee Board to other projects. For example, the Board spent $2.4 million of levee funding on a Mardi Gras fountain near Lake Pontchartrain, and $15 million more on overpasses to riverboat casinos. All the while, a big storm was on the horizon.

Mark Alexander: Disastrous politics

Update 10:25 pm: I just heard Drudge on his radio program announce that the Louisiana delegation just requested $40 BILLION just for the Army Corp of Engineers for rebuilding the levees. Now, who is going to say NO?? Someone had better say no to this group of con artists and flim flam politicians.

What the Left Thinks is Humor - Soldier Satire

If you have any kind of high blood pressure condition I would caution you from reading this sick and demented characterization of an American Soldier. I found this link in the comments section of Citizen Smash, thanks (I think) to Remy. This is a satire of an older American Soldier in Iraq.

Here's a bit to get your dander up:
Me soooooooo hornnnnnny.." Colonel Pooner yelled out as he grabbed his weapon and opened fire. "Me boo-coo horny! Me teach you morals and values! Me bangie-bangie mama-san!" He continued the verbal assault, along with the "RAT-A-TAT-TAT" of his weapon at the 'Raqis in the street.
Republican Humor and Conservative Satire
There's more that's even more disgusting than this. Look at the supposed bio for Col. Morton T. Morton. But as we all know, the left Supports out Troops, they just don't support the war!

Linked to Mudville Gazette Open Post
Linked to Outside The Beltway Open post

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Injured Marine Defies Attackers (1 finger salute)

Found this article through Freepers posted by NormsRevenge. I absolutely LOVED this picture. What a stud this Marine is, seriously, just look at him.



Snip of the story:

Once Marine Gunnery Sgt. Michael Burghardt realized he could wiggle his toes and fingers, he had one message for the insurgents who wounded him - defiance. Burghardt, of Huntington Beach, Calif., disarmed two bombs that were found - quick action that probably saved the lives of several Nebraska soldiers. But he couldn't get to a third.
Omaha.com

Update 9/26: I was curious just who took the photo of Gunnery Sgt. Michael Burghardt so I sent an email requesting the information from The Omaha World-Harold and the Regional Editor Mike Holmes responded back to me that it was Jeff Bundy, who is on assignment with Dave Kotok in Iraq.

And I'm just so thrilled cause I not only got a link from Matt at Blackfive on this posting but I got linked on Strategy Page under their Dirty Little Links section!! Yikes.

I had to add this comment from Gretchen (thanks Gretchen for the additional info):
My daughter is a physicans assistant serving with the PA National Guard in Ramadi...she happened to be the one waiting for the bird to bring in this trauma case. After having 4 dead that day...she could not believe when in her words "low and behold this dude comes just strutting in with no pants on" he made her day....and mine too...he is one tough marine...salute to you too Cindy Sheehan!

Protest Warrior at Support The Troops Weekend

Powerline received an email from Edward at GlobalCop who traveled from Chicago to join the anti-protesters in D.C. this weekend. Edward has pictures posted from last night.

Here's one of his where I thought the sign about said it all, "Iraq Gave Code Pink The Purple Finger".

Here's his photo:


Besides the great pictures Edward noted this:
Last night in front of the White House I met a young medic, Kate, who returned from Iraq three months ago and is now working as a nurse at Walter Reed medical center. She told me that anti-war protestors have egged her car and screamed "murderer" as she pulled out of the parking lot of Reed.

It's so nice to know the "Peace" protesters are staying true to form. Nothings changed for these miscreants in 40 years! Edward is going to continue posting pictures throughout the weekend so check out his site for updates.

Blogging Meme-tag

MD spewed out this challenge:

1. Do you try to look hot when you go to the grocery store just in case someone recognizes you from your blog? Instead of MD's answer relating to the BJ's Wholesale, didja look at the picture of my fridge from yesterday? What's a grocery store?

2. Are the photos you post Photoshopped or otherwise altered?
Maybe cropped and fixed for lighting but nothing with my appearance.

3. Do you like it when creeps or dorks email you?
I don't get much of that. I don't mind commenters dissent but I don't like it when they do it anonymously or if there's no email or url. If they don't have the guts to post at least an email with their name, they are just trolls to me.

4. Do you lie in your blog?
Define 'In'. Really? I don't think so but if it were to happen it would be inadvertant.

5. Are you passive-aggressive in your blog?
No. P-A people are a major irritation to me.

6. Do you ever threaten to quit writing so people will tell you not to stop?
I'd be afraid to do that cause I might not get a response!

7. Are you in therapy? If not, should you be? If so, is it helping?
No therapy here. About the only professional therapy I've had was a short stint with a marriage counselor many years ago. It wasn't terribly effective, the marriage ended.

8. Do you delete mean comments? Do you fake nice ones?
Never have. Faking nice ones never crossed my mind. Hmmmm. Do bloggers do really do that?

9. Have you ever rubbed one out while reading a blog? How about after?
I don't understand the question? "rubbed one out"......?

10. If your readers knew you in person, would they like you more or like you less?
I'm pretty sure they'd hate me, I'm a despicable person with no heart or soul because as you know I'm a conservative.

11. Do you have a job?
No, I'm currently unemployed and wow is it great! I haven't taken more than 8 days off of work consecutively in 20 years. I'll start looking maybe in October or November. I can go quite awhile without working (I can live quite cheaply) and planned to do this when I moved from MN to TN.

12. If someone offered you a decent salary to blog full-time without restrictions, would you do it?
I'm not sure. Right now blogging is something that I do for fun and I suppose if the opportunity arose I'd seriously consider it. I surely wouldn't hold my breath though.

13. Which blogger do you want to meet in real life?
Oh lets see. You know what? You could take My Blogroll on my sidebar and I would like to meet almost all of those bloggers.

14. Which bloggers have you made out with?
None.

15. Do you usually act like you have more money or less money than you really have?
I have no idea? I'm finally at a point in my life where I can relax abit about money but I'm just a middle class American who happens to be a saver and planner.

16. Does your family read your blog?
I don't think so but a couple might stop by on infrequent occassions.

17. How old is your blog?
Just turned a year old this month.

18. Do you get more than 1000 page views per day? Do you care?
Hardly. Hmm. Do I care? Not really but I would care if I had no readers because then what's the point? I do have a tendency to be competitive but only in that it drives me to do better.

19. Do you have another secret blog in which you write about being depressed, slutty, or a liar?
No.

20. Have you ever given another blogger money for his/her writing?
I've donated to bloggers who are in a difficult situation but that's rare or possibly for a deployed milblogger raising funds for a specific reason. I have done an auction for a blogger and received an extraordinary piece of artwork from it.

21. Do you report the money you earn from your blog on your taxes?
What are you telling me blogging could make me money from Ads??? Whowuddathunkit!

22. Is blogging narcissistic?
Hmm. Definition - Adj. 1. narcissistic - characteristic of those having an inflated idea of their own importance egotistic, egotistical, self-loving
I suppose you could say I was narcissistic. But then anyone writing for anything would have to be considered a narcissist. Don't see my self as egotistic since I'm too ready to be self deprecating. I consider blogging to be a learning experience - both from other blogs and from comments to my blog. I guess the SPF thing would be egotistical. How's that for a convoluted answer. **grin**

23. Do you feel guilty when you don't post for a long time?
I don't think guilt is the appropriate word, it's more addiction. I need to post something for my fix for the day.

24. Do you like John Mayer?
I don't know who John Mayer is?

25. Do you have enemies?
I'm sure I do but don't know who they are.

26. Are you lonely?
Ever? I'm a loner who has to work on meeting and greeting people. I do have a large family and stay in touch with at least one family member every day. If I don't return their phone call they call even more, soon there's many calling.

27. Why bother?
I don't understand?

28. Favorite Blogging tip
Blog about what you enjoy and visit other blogs, leave comments of some worth and link and TB.

Friday, September 23, 2005

SPF - Cooking/Baking???

It seems forever since I've done any baking, probably last Christmas. Before moving out of state I had Christmas at my house. By February I was starting to pack things up to put my house on the market and things just stayed that way til now. Well, I'm not really doing any cooking or baking now either cause I'm still unpacking but it won't be too long. Oh yeah, that's my fakey smile. **grin**

I had to show the pathetic appearance of my refridgerator. It's pretty much empty except when I have restaurant leftovers or I did finally get my grill going so I do grill chix for salads.


Go check out the other's participating in Katy's SPF this week.

Friday Fun

Saw this at Thanks for the Ride Lady and thought it would be fun for today. I still have Katy's SPF photo to put together plus I got people coming today. Ok, it's not social but I'm getting the Pest Man in today. This house is a sieve for insects and it's not even Asian Beetle (look like Ladybugs) time yet. I've been finding hornets in the house. I hate wasps/hornets mostly because I'm allergic to them. I see a wasp or hornet and the fly swatter comes out and the Spreadsheet Expert heads for the hills. I have no clue why but if I pick up the fly swatter her tail goes between her legs and she slinks off to one of her newly found hidey holes. She'll stay there til I say the word "treat"!

So, here's some fun:
You are Betty Grable!
You're Betty Grable!


What Classic Pin-Up Are You?
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Odd Expression for Supporting The Troops!



This was in the Mpls. Star Tribune on 9/21 and from what Mitch at Shot in The Dark noted was this cartoonist is from The Newark Star-Ledger.

All of those saying "We support the Troops but not the War" are really thinking what the second pane says: "We Have More Than Enough Troops To Screw Up Both At Once".

Linked to Mudville Gazette Open Post

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Let's Go Back To The Headlines of Vietnam

The Media just can't stand it. They don't have the ability to write about the scandals at the UN in any depth since that might tar their favorite institution. How much have you read about the Air America Scandal? Not much other than in the blogs. So, the only other option is to either go on about hurricanes or yeah, let's bring up the comparison of Iraq and Vietnam. That always works!
Here's the reporters pathetic attempt at rationalizing this story:

<....>President Bush's own words echo those of President Johnson in 1967, a pivotal year for the U.S. in Vietnam.

"America is committed to the defense of South Vietnam until an honorable peace can be negotiated," Johnson told the Tennessee Legislature on March 15, 1967. Despite the obstacles to victory, the president said, "We shall stay the course."


After 14 Marines died in a roadside bombing on Aug. 3, Bush declared: "We will stay the course, we will complete the job in Iraq. And the job is this: We'll help the Iraqis develop a democracy."

Bush's Words on Iraq Echo LBJ in 1967 - Yahoo! News

Then the story goes on but the premise of the comparison are those words of President Bush's not to give up. So, from here on, any conflict the U.S. get's involved in, if the Politicians and Administration don't want to cut and run then it's a Vietnam-like conflict. Besides, it's the Media's duty to remind the American public about how horrible things are going in Iraq. Right?

H/T Lucianne

Linked with Mudville Gazette Open Post

To What Depths Will They Sink to Go After George Bush?

Apparently to subterranean depths from this article. Of course this is all based on an anonymous source! This is so pathetic it's almost humorous.
Family sources have told how the 59-year-old president was caught by First Lady Laura downing a shot of booze at their family ranch in Crawford, Texas, when he learned of the hurricane disaster.

His worried wife yelled at him: "Stop, George."


Then there's the quote from someone trying to sell a book:
"I do think that Bush is drinking again. Alcoholics who are not in any program, like the President, have a hard time when stress gets to be great.

"I think it's a concern that Bush disappears during times of stress. He spends so much time on his ranch. It's very frightening."

National Enquirer

Sounds like a bad romance novel or something you'd hear from my former neighbor John. He loves these kinds of Bush-hating stories just like the nutjobs from Moveon or Michael Moore commenters or Code Pink or Daily Kos or the IndyMedia Underground.

H/T Lucianne

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

TN Blog Lunch with Ed Bryant (Repub Senate Candidate)

Since I'm new to Tennessee and not that familiar with the political scene, I grabbed at the opportunity to meet with a candidate running for the Republican nomination for the Senate through Bill Hobbes. Got the ok from Bill and the next step was to find the restaurant (Sunset Grill). I have this one deficiency (really it's only that one) and that would be I'm directionally challenged. I take more unscheduled tours than Robin Leach gives tours of the rich and famous. If it's supposed to take 45 minutes to get somewhere and I've never been there before then I give myself and hour and a half. Then, I just might get there on time. I got there after (ahem) having to call the restaurant to get the last 2 miles to the restaurant. I'd already been driving in circles for 30 minutes! BTW - the restaurant was a keeper for future stops.

Ed Bryant is a US Representative and to be honest I can't remember if he's currently serving or not? Sorry Ed. Some of the issues covered were the current state election in Memphis, Roe v Wade (pro-life, anti-abortion, pro-abortion) and whatever jargon you want to use to camofluage your position, capital punishment, Katrina and spending for reconstruction, illegal immigration and border security. I'm sure I'm missing a few things but I took few notes.

There were bloggers from both sides of the aisle in attendence.

Ed Bryant is definitely pro-life and sees life as starting at conception. I'm not a biggie on the whole abortion issue when you get into the grit of the details. But I do see Roe v Wade as a states rights issue. The surprise for me was that Bryant emphatically stated that Roe v Wade was not a states rights issue. Oh! News to me.

What did interest me was his position on illegal immigrants. Bryant was not impressed with President Bush's current illegal immigration plan. He sees illegals as law breakers and they should not be rewarded for breaking the law. Personally, as anyone who has read my blog will know, I agree wholeheartedly with this view. Bryant even mentioned the possibility in his mind of changing the law so troops could be used on the border (with caveats attached). But from an election perspective, the bloggers who spoke up thought this was a non-issue for an election. The thought was this was not a vote breaker since illegal immigration crosses both parties. I'm not totally convinced of this position.

Bryants position on spending in Congress was also attractive in that he said there should be a decrease in the growth of spending. Because as you all know, there is never a cut in spending there is only a cut in the amount of the increase for the next budget. Bryant also mentioned that he thought Federal Government should be on a 2 yr bienniel budget but it will never happen. He said the reason was the House Committee heads derive their power from the budget process, hence what happens to their "Power" in the off budget year? Hmmm.

I enjoyed the lunch and it was fun to meet other Tennessee bloggers even if the meet and greet time was limited. Hopefully, I'll be able to attend future lunches to meet other Tennessee political candidates.

Andi Exposes Sleezy Tactics of Code Pink at Walter Reed Hospital

There's a wonderful crew of people Counter Protesting Code Pink's disgusting anti-military protests outside of Walter Reed Hospital. Andi of Andi's World has pictures of some of the people who have come from states outside the beltway to support our Troops. She also has a picture of a flyer which demonstrates some of the deceptive and sleezy tactics engaged by the Code Pink a-holes. These people will stoop to anything to promote their cause which is disengenuous at best. Their claim is that they support the Troops but not the war which is a disgusting lie considering where they are camped out!

In addition Andi is preparing for the September 23rd "Support Our Troops and their Mission" weekend outside of Walter Reed.

Welcome To Andi's World: The Desecration Continues

From Greta's Elephant In My Coffee I found Amy's Blog (Army Wife). Amy has a posting Cindy Sheehan Doesn't Speak for Me which is a must read. Amy confronts the Sheehanites (heh heh I love this adjective) on what they have to say to a Military Wife. Amy's got audio and video. Don't miss this posting. Plus, Amy has another posting on a counter protest from last Saturday outside the main gate to Ft. Jackson, S.C. and their experience with the local news station reporting.

Go and give these outstanding Ladies a pat on the back and a thank you!

Linked to Mudville Gazette Open Posting

Oh Horrors! Waivers on Immigrant Entitlements Scrutinized.

So let me get this straight. I'm an immigrant on visa status (I'm assuming these are legal cause if they're illegal they get what they deserve...Nothing!) and I'm on U.S. government subsidies. There's nothing to say I've ever paid in a dime throughout the years to pay for these entitlements but I get them anyway. So now the law has changed and I can no longer get a waiver to receive these subsidies without becoming a citizen and in order to do that I have to have an interview in English and take a Citizenship exam. But I can't speak English and wouldn't pass the citizen exam so I try to get a waiver, why should I get this waiver from a country I am technically a "visitor"?

We are supposed to "feel" empathy for these people receiving entitlements from a country in which they are not citizens. What other countries give these kind of entitlements to non-citizens? Maybe there's a disconnect in my logic system within my brain but I just don't understand why anyone would expect a country to which you are not a citizen should be expected to support and provide benefits to this visitor. My family and myself are depriving ourselves to support someone we don't know and this support is not voluntary but mandatory and then the people(and their supporters) to receive the entitlement complain that this process is too rigid?
The agencies say immigration officials have cut some outreach programs, increased background checks and reduced the number of medical waivers given to applicants seeking to skip both interviews in English and the citizenship exam.

The delays are especially hard on disabled and elderly refugee applicants who could lose government benefits if they fail to meet application deadlines for citizenship.

"All this is causing great hardship for our clients," said Ashraf Habibi, director of Orange County Social and Immigration Services, an Irvine-based agency that works with elderly and disabled immigrants.

The background checks were added after Sept. 11, 2001.

Officials at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services say they also have been scrutinizing applications more closely in recent months.


"We started to see more and more requests for disability waivers," said USCIS spokeswoman Marie Therese Sebrechts.

SoCal immigrant support groups complain about citizenship waivers

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

The Love Of A Palestinian Mother

If you want to get nauseous read what happened to a young Palestinian girl after being raped and impregnated and the by who is beyond sickening.

ROFASix: Culture of death? Palestinian girl's murder highlights growing number of 'honor killings'

New Guard the Borders Blogburst

Ok, I know there a multitude of blogbursts out there but I really like this one. It's directed towards illegal immigration. In light of the newly disastrous possible appointment of Julie Myers, President Bush's nominee to head the the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency under the Department of Homeland Security. See Michelle Malkin's post where we find out this significant position is going to a political appointee ala Brown and FEMA! Euphoric Reality has a disturbing posting on illegals "demanding" legal work permits because well it's owed to them now. They're helping with the clean up so they "deserve" a valid work permit even though some of those speaking up have been in the country illegally for many months already. Go read what these criminals have to say, see they are criminals and that is what people forget.

Join the Guard the Borders Blogburst by emailing Euphoric Reality at kit dot jarrell at gmail dot com.

euphoricreality.net Guard the Borders Blogburst

Brits Attack Jail in Basra to Release 2 Brit Soldiers

This story sounds really odd to me. What I don't get is why 2 British soldiers would be jailed in Basra for allegedly killing 2 Iraqi Policemen. This whole story is confusing.
The latest violence in the oil city of Basra, 340 miles south of the capital, began early Monday when local authorities reported arresting the two Britons, described as special forces commandos dressed in Arab clothing, for allegedly shooting two Iraqi policemen, one of whom died.

British armor then encircled the jail where the two Britons were held.

In a public humiliation, television cameramen from Arab satellite broadcasters in the Persian Gulf were allowed to photograph the two men, clearly Westerners who were by that time sitting on the floor in the jail in blue jeans and T-shirts, their hands tied behind their backs.

One of the men had a bandage covering most of the top of his head, the other had blood on his clothes. Television commentary identified them only as Britons.

British Soldiers Free Two From Iraq Jail

Anyone have any more info on this story?

Monday, September 19, 2005

New Site for Soldier Photos - Could be a Money Maker for YOU

Well, Jean-Paul has another endeavor he's come up with to make some money not only for himself but for any other Soldiers who have a good eye for photography. I have to hand it to JP, even with all the time he spends feeding his ego he still has time to think of others! (heheh....little snark alert there)

Check it out and link to it on your sites or let your Troops know about it. It's worth a look see.

Soldierfoto.com l Press Room:

Here's My Fear

Even though Truth Laid Bare and Instupundit are working to make this not happen, here's the response of the Administration to the question of what could be cut:
A top Administration official involved in implementing the President's plan for reviving the part of the U.S. ravaged by Katrina said last week that he "cannot name any programs that will be cut" to pay for the relief effort.

At a White House briefing September 16th, Claude Allen, domestic policy advisor to President Bush, told me that "we did not focus" on cutting or eliminating any program in order to pay for Katrina relief without adding to the deficit.

HUMAN EVENTS ONLINE :: White House 'Cannot Name Any Programs That Will Be Cut' to Pay for Katrina Relief by John Gizzi
This goes along with President Bush's inability to veto a spending bill.

Linked with Mudville Gazette Open Post

South Korea - An Ungrateful Nation

This latest exhibition of Anti-Americanism in South Korea reinforces my belief the U.S. Military forces should be removed from the area. I know there are people who will say there are strategic reasons not to do this. Why should the U.S. put up with a nation who doesn't want US Troops on it's soil and continually denigrates the support of the U.S.

The gist of the story is the Anti-Americans in SK are calling for the removal of the statue of Gen. Douglas McArthur. Through the years apparently this statue has been the subject of defacement and damage. A group of US politicians are requesting that SK return the statue to the U.S. rather than SK tearing it down. The symbol of American liberation of South Korea is a symbol of derision in South Korea. I know the total removal of American Troops from SK won't happen but after 50 years haven't we done enough? South Korea doesn't need U.S. financial or military support any longer.

Snip of story:
SEOUL, South Korea — Five U.S. lawmakers have written South Korea’s president to express concern at protests calling for the removal of a statue of U.S. Gen. Douglas MacArthur from Inchon, the coastal city where he led a daring landing during the Korean War.

<.....>The 15-foot statue was built in 1957 to commemorate the landing by MacArthur-led U.N. forces in September 1950, just months after North Korea invaded the South.

The landing, then behind North Korean lines, gave the U.S.-led forces a foothold that allowed them to drive the Northern army across the border. China later entered the war on the North’s side, pushing the U.N. forces back. The conflict ended in a stalemate in 1953.

Army Times - News - More News

Update 9/20/05: Holly in doing the Dawn Patrol for Mrs. G. at Mudville Gazette references this posting by GI Korea Blog on the Korea Times Advocates Moving MacArthur Statue? Beyond the posting itself be sure to read the comments. At least in reading the comments I find I'm not alone in my thoughts on South Korea.

Part of one comment:
The problem is that it isn't as small a problem as a few rabblerousers. The Times editor is not the only voice of influence in Korean social institutions.................But these two editors are just part of a much larger trend in educated Korean society. It touches all adults. It is found in the National Assembly too, and it is in pop culture...........

Another comment:
usinkorea, it seems that you and I are part of a small minority that believes anti-Americanism is much more deeply rooted in Korean society than what most ex-pats think. Call me pessimistic if you will, but beneath the surface of Korean society there is a swell of anti-Americanism just waiting to burst.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Help The Blogosphere "Cut The Fat"

From Instapundit:
How are we going to mobilize the blogosphere in support of cuts in wasteful spending to support Katrina relief? Here's the plan.

Identify some wasteful spending in your state or (even better) Congressional District. Put up a blog post on it. Go to N.Z. Bear's new PorkBusters page and list the pork, and add a link to your post.

Then call your Senators and Representative and ask them if they're willing to support having that program cut or -- failing that -- what else they're willing to cut in order to fund Katrina relief. (Be polite, identify yourself as a local blogger and let them know you're going to post the response on your blog). Post the results. Then go back to NZ Bear's page and post a link to your followup blog post.




The Truth Laid Bear

New Site Watching the United Nations

Just in case you don't check out Powerline the guys there have introduced a new site which is detailing what is going on at the United Nations. I would say this is the last thing Kofi Anan would want to see, cause the skin is off the lizard. If you have any interest in seeing a bureaucracy that has been invaded by the body snatchers then go to this site and read til you weep! This body of useless idiots is insane.

Here's an example of the insanity:
Top five countries subject to UN human rights criticism in 2004

First place: Israel
Second place: Sudan
Third place: Democratic
Republic of the Congo
Tied for Fourth place: Cote d'Ivoire and United States of America

Eye on the UN

Nuff said.

Another Scheme By Politicians to Tax The Internet!

Grab your wallets folks cause state politicians just can't keep their hands off of a new way to 'steal' money from it's citizens. They're calling it SSTP (Streamlined Sales Tax Project), isn't that just so cute! Apparently The National Governors Association is agitating for this tax. Oh and just who else is assisting in this effort? Don't be surprised....Unions and other retail businesses which have not been successful on the internet. And which States are included? Indianan, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Okahoma, South Dakota and West Virginia.

HUMAN EVENTS ONLINE :: States Scheme to Tax Internet by John Berthoud

Linkded to Mudville Gazette Open Post

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Vang said "Wi. Hunters Deserved To Die"

Vang is the St. Paul Hmong immigrant who shot 6 hunters (4 in the back and all but one unarmed) and wounded two while illegally hunting on one of the hunters property in Wisconsin. He was using a self defense tact but he blew the logic even for a Madison (extremely liberal city) jury in saying they deserved to die. He also was trying to use the racist defense. Powerline has an excellant post on this vicious murderer.

Power Line: A difficult case

Friday, September 16, 2005

Katy's Self Portrait Friday

The theme was to picture yourself with something around house or being creative. Katy, you're creative, I'm an accountant and the only creative thing I know is called "Creative Accounting 101"! But I do have a few pics from my week in Minnesota.

This is a boat that was renamed and repainted by my friends 'son' so you can guess what's on his mind!Remember a few weeks back I had a pic with me wearing the Mortar Maggot Tee, this is the little fella who loves all things Army who got the tee.Whenever the little kids see the Spreadsheet Expert they all want to hold her and she dutifully goes along with them in her own long suffering way for our Princess.Even 14 year olds do what guys gotta do....Show Their Muscles for the girls!As long as the Spreadsheet Expert has her Bag to cuddle up in she's happy. She goes into restaurants, retail stores and even the library (sneaky) with me. I had her with me for a final lunch with co-workers last week and we were sitting there for 10 minutes and I finally let them know she was in the bag. She's very quiet and still, but it's really nice for a 1000 mile ride in the SUV!I have been wanting to take a pic of this Pumpkin for a couple years but am too obsessed to stop the vehicle to take a picture when I'm moving on the interstate. These trips back and forth from MN and TN aren't sight seeing trips, they are meant to get from one place to another in the shortest time possible with as few stops as possible. Seriously, I'll pull up to the pumps on fumes sometimes. Anyway this time I figured I'd try to take the picture while driving. I was amazed that I actually got the Pumpkin in the frame. I do like Rural Art so I can now add this to my collection.

3 illegals arrested at nuclear station

I have a few questions for ICE about these arrests.

Here's a snip of the story:
Three illegal aliens were arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents this week when they reported for work as outside contractors at a secure area of a Nebraska nuclear power station.
3 illegals arrested at nuclear station-Nation/Politics-The Washington Times, America's Newspaper

These 3 illegals were employed by a contractor, the story does not name the contractor in the story. Apparently ICE only issued a warning to the contractor. Why is that? How does ICE expect to curb companies use of illegals if all they are going to do is "issue warnings". The only reason the 3 weren't admitted to work at the nuclear plant was due to actions from the Omaha Power Employees. Guess we should be happy that ICE showed up to at least arrest the illegals.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Tort Reform Does Work - Look at Mississippi

It has been long known that class action lawyers shopped for judges in Mississippi which has resulted in some horrendous successes with class action lawsuits. The only one making money off of these lawsuits are the attorneys. Finally, Mississippi made changes and the results appear to be truly outstanding. Opinion piece written by Mr. Ross is a Mississippi state senator and chairman of the senate judiciary A committee.

Jackson Action In Mississippi, tort reform works.
Here's one example:

Not surprisingly, the demise of mass-tort litigation has resulted in a decrease in litigation costs. The CEO of one Mississippi company recently told me that his company's legal bills were reduced by $70,000 a month as a result of the reform. Litigation expense does not produce value for most members of our society. It is merely a transaction cost in the transfer of wealth to compensate injured persons. To be justified, the transfer process must be fair.
OpinionJournal - Cross Country

More Insanity From DHS(Dept Homeland Security)

Foreign "Hurricane Relief Workers" Allowed Entry With Virtually NO Screening

I don't know about you but this absolutely puts my anger and frustration with the DHS in the "ballistic" category. I find it extremely difficult to believe there is a high demand for foreign Katrina relief workers.

I'm quoting out of context here for brevity so be sure and go read this posting in it's entirety:

Where admission in a nonimmigrant category is authorized, generally the individual will not require employment authorization as it will have been determined that their activity in the United States would not constitute employment under the immigration laws.

If the individual is not in possession of the appropriate passport and visa, the documentary requirements will be waived without fee.

Where other grounds of inadmissibility exist (e.g. criminal, security, prior immigration violation, etc.), CBP may consider granting parole provided:

In addition there is this further note from TJ Bonner(president of the Border Patrol Council):

Also, I'm getting reports that the number of Cubans arriving in South Florida is escalating dramatically, and they are telling our agents that the word on the street in Cuba is that the Coast Guard and Border Patrol are too busy helping in the Gulf Coast to patrol the waters in Florida.

Linked to Mudville Gazette Open Post.

Sieg Gets Gear plus Something Extra

The Siegrist Blogs

If you haven't visited Glen and Tina's blog you should, for one thing it's got all sorts of cool little techie features. I just wish I could see all his videos and other nifty little features but with my current dial-up situation it's way too painful. Glen has a neat story here about ordering a water proof wallet and getting something additional from the company.

Check it out!

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Evacuee Debit Card Purchases Can't Be Controlled?

Here's the short story:
HOUSTON -- Although thousands of evacuees are still in need of financial help, questions are being raised about how some of them are spending money on debit cards they received from the American Red Cross and Federal Emergency Management Agency, KPRC Local 2 reported Tuesday.

Some employees at the Galleria said they saw storm victims using the debit cards to buy expensive gifts, like $250 bracelet, instead of on food or housing.

"I was upset because I donated money like a lot of people, and I think it should have just strictly been used for food and clothing and necessities … not luxury items
that, I mean, I can't even afford," a Galleria employee, who asked to not be identified, told KPRC Local 2.

The Red Cross said it is aware of the problem but admitted that it cannot control where the money is spent.
Click2Houston.com - Money - Galleria Workers Question Evacuee Debit Card Purchases

I'm finding this difficult to believe that the Red Cross or FEMA couldn't control the types of items to be purchased with these debit cards. I know with any corporate credit card the type of items can be limited by different categories. For example limiting the purchases to food or clothing. I understand the type of clothing or food can't be limited but I have no doubt the category of purchases could be. This appears to be some of the same issues that the Pentagon had previously with government credit cards which absolutely astounded me. I know myself that my previous corporate credit cards wouldn't allow me to go to a jewelry store and purchase jewelry or for that matter to purchase electronics/computer equipment. This is just more bureaucratic inefficiency at work with people not thinking through an idea. But then you knew this was going to happen with some of the evacuees. It's the same old story, a few selfish and corrupt individuals are going to ruin it for the majority of those out there who will use the cards for the intended purpose.

H/T: Lucianne

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BooHoo....Guantanamo Prisoners on Hunger Strike

I hope they starve to death. That means there will be one more Islamic Fascist terrorist off the streets of this world. And I as an American citizen will no longer have to pay for their upkeep. And yes, I believe they are guilty. These people have been caught in the act of participating in attacks so don't give me any whiny retort they could be innocent.

"They are on a hunger strike because they want a hearing in court with a lawyer of their own. They are willing to starve themselves to death," said attorney Gita Gutierrez with the Center for Constitutional Rights, who represented some British prisoners since released from Guantanamo.
Politics News Article Reuters.com

Course they are being force fed!

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

What DOES It Mean To Help "Your" People?

Michelle Malkin has an interesting posting up today titled " WHO ARE "MY PEOPLE?". She posits something I saw an example of last week while I was in Minnesota visiting with my parents. I was watching the Fox Affiliate 9pm news, they were doing a segment on Minnesotans helping out the victims of NO. A part of this was an interview with a Black woman who lived in Edina (I think it was Edina and to those not from the area, Edina is a very affluent suburb of Mpls). From the video you could see this woman and her husband had an extremely nice and well decorated home. Here's the part that astonished me, the woman said she was opening her doors to a family from NO because she needed to help her own!! As I was watching the video what she said didn't sink in immediately but within 10 minutes I was pondering what she had said. See, the Black woman applied to take in a victim family but all were going to Camp Ripley first I think. So, my thought was, what would happen if the family assigned to this Black Woman was white?? Or did she specify a Black family only?

Upon further pondering of this news segment, I wondered if a White Woman had said the same thing to the reporter about helping "her own" would Fox have proceeded with the interview? I mentioned this to a couple people later on and no one thought anything of it but it continued to chafe at me. So, is this the only situation where this woman will help out victims of a disaster(and I will clarify that this is only one)? Do we have to be racially specific to assist our fellow Americans? Cause that sure sounds like what this woman was saying.

Michelle Malkin further points out this bias occurring without question from anyone in the Media. I just wonder if I were to say in an interview on the local news, I wanted to help my own. To me this would mean Americans, not just white Americans or black Americans or asian Americans or you get my drift. According to this story, it's okay I guess to imply the race you will be assisting cause I've heard nothing outside of what Michelle noted from anyone in the Media.

Linked to Mudville Gazette Open Post.

One Veteran's Incredible Journey and Help for Katrina Victims

BlackFive has a link for this and if you didn't see it be sure you go read what this man did on his own without any government involvement. It's just an amazing story. He's a doer!

When I heard that Biloxi was savaged, I immediately thought about my best friend Tracy. Tracy was a Master Sergeant with me in the US Air Force and we were stationed together for several years. Friendships formed in the military are far stronger than anything a civilian can experience.

<....>What do I do? A plan. A plan is a good thing and helps you anticipate difficulties before they become disasters. I would need transport. I personally own an ex-army vehicle called an M35A2, better known as a deuce and a half. It is 30 years old, has ten driven wheels and is still camouflaged in its original paint scheme. All 3 axles are driven and it is one of the best all-wheel drive off road vehicles in existence. It also has a large cargo bed, with a 5 ton load carrying capacity. Perfect for getting large quantities of food and water into remote areas with difficult terrain.
Lone Star MVPA - ('05 Hurricane Katrina Experience)

Monday, September 12, 2005

CROWS to the rescue

I found this blog from the comments at Major K's.

CROWS??? What is that you ask. It stands for "Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station". It is a new weapons station designed to protect our soldiers from sniper fire and IED explosions by taking the Turret gunner out of the turret and placing them inside on the Armored vehicle. Think of this like a video game. They now have a Day camera, Thermal camera, a Laser Range Finder(LRF), and a ballistics computer. All of these combined, give the soldier a much more accurate and lethal weapon while protecting them. I am here to teach the soldiers how to use this new mount along with keeping it operational.

CROWS to the rescue

There was a comment about problems with heat affecting it's operation. Here's a later posting:
Well, I noticed a comment complaining about the heat not allowing the system to operate. That was true. The internal components were not originally designed to withstand the temperatures of Iraq. This was not discovered until the summer time when the temperatures reach daily highs of 120-130 degrees. A change was needed......

There is also a new replacement blog set up at: CROWS to the Rescue

Update on SF SSG James Alford

In reading Thunder6's posting "The Silence of the Lambs" I was reminded of the story of Staff Sgt James Alford. The last update I had read was this one below which is from (I think) November, 2004. I'm wondering if anyone has any new information about his condition. I did a search but didn't find anything other that references to last fall. btw - I posted the story for those who have not read about SSG Alford since the link to The Tennessean comes up as an error now.


Spc. Amber Alford sits by her husband, Staff Sgt. James Alford, who has Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. The degenerative brain disorder assaults the brain in a manner similar to the way mad cow disease affects cattle.

By LEON ALLIGOOD
Staff Writer

A Green Beret from Fort Campbell has become the first person in the nation to receive a new drug treatment for the human variant of mad cow disease.

Staff Sgt. James Alford, 25, a soldier who was awarded a Bronze Star and deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq, is resting at his parents' home in Karnack, Texas, after the first round of treatments.

His mother, Gail Alford, said it's too early to note any changes, but the family watches him closely.

''His eyes are open. He recognizes us and laughs at us. He still likes to watch movies and listen to country music. We'll take it day by day,'' she said.

Doctors hope the new treatment will stall or perhaps reverse effects of the brain-wasting Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. If so, it would be the first treatment to give hope to CJD victims, who usually die within a year of diagnosis.

On Feb. 19 doctors at Wilford Hall Medical Center, the hospital at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, drilled a small hole into the right ventricle of Alford's brain and inserted a tiny tube that connects to a small pump inserted beneath the skin above his right hip.

''It pumps the medicine into the brain over a 24-hour period continuously, like an IV,'' Gail Alford explained in a telephone interview.

The medicine is pentosan polysulfate. While the drug is used in pill form in the United States for relief of pain because of chronic bladder inflammation and as an anti-coagulant, the drug in liquid form has not been approved for use in this country.

Staff Sgt. Alford's story came into public view last fall when the family disclosed how the Army had treated him. Not knowing that the soldier suffered from CJD, the 5th Special Forces Group returned him home from Iraq with the intention of booting him from the Green Berets.

Over 18 months, Alford had been transformed from someone who had been a model soldier in Afghanistan to the unit's resident foul-up. His superiors berated and demoted him for losing equipment, going AWOL and repeatedly failing to carry out commands.

The soldier, who enjoyed a meteoric rise to staff sergeant early in his career, fell from favor just as quickly. He was demoted in rank and reassigned to trivial duties, with instructions that he carry a pen and pad with him at all times to write down orders.

When his mother and father, John, and the staff sergeant's wife, Amber (also a soldier serving in Iraq), saw him for the first time after he was returned to Fort Campbell, they found him disoriented and very ill. He was taken to several hospitals for tests.

After days of not knowing what had happened to their son and husband, a doctor at the VA Medical Center diagnosed CJD.

The disease has become well-known because of cases in Britain, where the cause has been traced to contaminated beef. Authorities think cattle contracted the disease by eating feed containing meat and bone meal from sheep infected with scrapie, which is a form of the disease that affects sheep.

Last spring, before Alford lost his ability to speak, he told his family he had eaten a sheep brain while assigned to Oman in 2001. However, there is no evidence to link the direct transmittal of the disease from a sheep to a human, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The 5th Special Forces Group has apologized via letter and by visits from group leaders to his family's home. In addition, the Army restored Alford's rank, agreed to pay his medical bills and agreed to keep him on active duty.

While there is no known cure for CJD, researchers in the United Kingdom have been actively looking for a remedy. In January 2003 doctors there introduced pentason polysulfate into the brain of a teen diagnosed with the disease. Since then four other CJD patients in Great Britain have received the experimental regimen.

The first case, an 18-year-old from Northern Ireland, has produced mixed results. Reports in the British Medical Journal noted that the fact the teen was still alive was remarkable, but it was unclear if the drug would restore him and other treated CJD patients to a more independent state. In its latter stages, the disease eventually leads to a coma and a shutdown of vital organs.

''I've seen news reports that the teen has shown mild improvements, but we'll just have to wait and see the long-term effects,'' said Dr. Eric Halsey, Alford's doctor and an Air Force physician whose specialty is infectious disease control.

''There are two reasons I chose to recommend this,'' Halsey said.

He said the staff sergeant's family was a strong advocate for the procedure. In particular, Gail Alford, who is a nurse, thoroughly researched the experimental drug therapy and was convinced it was worth a try.

''She is persistent,'' he noted.

''But, also, I couldn't come up with an argument why we shouldn't try this. This is his only shot. The disease is invariably fatal.''

Studies in Japan and the United Kingdom have shown pentosan polysulfate to be successful in stopping the production of mutant proteins, known as prions, that are thought to cause CJD.

''But all the studies have been in vitro, in the test tube. There have been no studies in vivo, in the human body. The best we can hope for is that what happens in the test tube will be replicated in the brain,'' Halsey said.

''It's all very theoretic at this time as to how it may help. One theory is the drug's anti-inflammatory properties modulate the growth of the prion proteins. And there may be other ways it helps that we don't even know about now.''

Halsey said it took two weeks to secure permission for the procedure, which the Federal Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control had to approve.

In certain cases in which a patient's condition is undeniably terminal, the FDA allows experimental therapies to be used even though their effectiveness in humans is undemonstrated, Halsey explained.

While the procedure to implant the shunt and pump was routine, great precaution was taken against accidental spread of the disease to the surgical team or to anyone who might come into contact with tools used in the surgery. All the equipment used was treated as hazardous waste and was properly disposed of after the operation.

''It's not every neurosurgeon that wants to operate on someone with CJD. It's not a procedure to be taken lightly,'' Halsey noted.

The infectious disease specialist said Alford's family would bring him to Wilford Hall at Lackland once every month to six weeks for another treatment. A few drops of pentosan polysulfate that's all that is needed are mixed with a saline solution and pumped into the brain.

''We'll do a CAT scan on his brain each time and do blood work, as well, to record any changes that may occur,'' Halsey said. ''I see this continuing for the length of his life.''

The Alfords appreciate the effort, even though they understand there is no guarantee for a cure. Equally important is that their son's integrity and honor has been restored.

''The Army has done what they said they would do. They have restored my faith,'' said John Alford, a retired sergeant major. He said several high-ranking officers call weekly to check on his son's progress.

''They are calling him a wounded soldier, finally, and they are treating him like one.''

http://www.tennessean.com/iraq/101/archives/04/03/48332780.shtml?Element_ID48332780

Sunday, September 11, 2005

September 11th, 4th Anniversary

Doug Giles writes in todays column:
You know that after Osama and al-Zawahiri viewed the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent mayhem that ensued in New Orleans, they are sitting back in some Pakistani cave toking on a big hookah, laughing their a**es off, praising Allah, and stepping up their game to hit the U.S. again. And hard. And soon.

For me, watching Mayor Nagin and Governor Blanco handle the New Orleans/ Louisiana debacle is like watching Moe and Curly trying to work a Rubik’s cube. Those two gave me all the relief that half a Tums did the other night after eating three grease laden chimichangas covered in Scorned Woman Habanera Pepper Sauce®. Suffice it to say, after watching this entire fiasco unfold on the Gulf Coast, that I’m not getting the “our homeland is secured” feeling from Homeland Security.

Giles recommends a book to read:
Author Paul Williams is not singing any sleep-inducing lullabies in his latest work, The Al-Qaeda Connection: International Terrorism, Organized Crime and the Coming Apocalypse. Williams’ new book will blister your soul as you read the well-known, truly apocalyptic, yet sinfully unreported data in this heavily footnoted 231-page hot, pithy tome.


What Giles writes is a preface for my thoughts on September 11th, 2005, The 4th Anniversary. When I think back on how September 11th changed my life there are short term and long term effects from that day. What was most vivid to me was how most everyone at my workplace paused only briefly to watch the footage and then continued on with work. I was completely distracted and absorbed by the unfolding events of that day and the following weeks. My co-workers and the partners response to the attack was profoundly disturbing to me.

The division in the country I think started or continued from the election of 2000 immediately. I always hear people say there was a brief unity in the country for about 2 months. This was just packaging, there was never a unity in the country. I think those on the left either changed their stripes from the event and woke up or veered further to the left. The Neo-Socialist Democrats couldn't stop themselves from politicizing the event by Bush Bashing. He didn't do enough, he didn't do enough fast enough....blah blah.

I see the difference with the Media in not showing the bodies falling out of the windows or the sound of the those bodies hitting roofs or the ground. This is the same Media whining today that they should be allowed to display the bloated bodies from Katrina. Without getting myself too worked up about the Media, lets just suffice it to say they have lost any respect I had left for them.

I can't say that I do anything differently today because of September 11th. I already preferred to travel by car. I had traveled extensively for my work and looked for a position which didn't require any air travel time. I haven't taken an air flight since April, 1999. With the changes from DHS the chances of me getting on a plane are not high. Although I'm sure I will, but it will never be something I'll do even on an annual basis.

I have zero confidence in the Norman Minetta of the Transportation Dept. I will never understand why in the hell President Bush retained Minetta. That angered me prior to September 11th. The caterwalling from the Neo-Socialist Democrats is what created the Department of Homeland Security (along with gutless politicians). I see this department as a bloated monolith which is ineffectual due to it's size and bureaucratic mumbo jumbo. People who wait for the government to take care of them are useless idiots. I will make a distinction here, our US Armed Forces. Regardless of what you know and think about the DOD, when push comes to shove things happen and problems are solved.

The deployment of troops to Afghanistan started me on my way to supporting our Troops in a real way. I initially found a few names of soldiers in Bosnia and moved on from there. My connection with deployed Soldiers has been one of the most gratifying and growing experience for me. I have met some of the best people and made some wonderful friends by reaching out. I would say this connection probably has been the most major and long term change for my life. From this I found the milbloggers which eventually got me into blogging. This has expanded my life to find a connection to people who are like minded but also to people who probe and stretch my thinking.

Unfortunately, I don't believe the majority of the people in this country understand the U.S. is at war and that it is a war of civilization. It's the Islamic Facsists vs. Free Peoples. The propaganda and bias of print and tv along with the sound bite news medium has dumbed down news dissemination, Americans are spoiled and complacent and I often wonder with the continuing road to a Socialist Government how long it will take for the U.S. to succumb to subservience. For each thing we hand over control to the Federal Government we lose a piece of our liberty and freedom here in the U.S.

Quote from John Adams
"... democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy that did not commit suicide."

Views on "The News"

For the last 8 days almost all of my news was through either network tv, cable tv (mostly Fox) and a bit of talk radio. I had some but not much internet access. Most of my internet accesss was to check email and I got a couple postings up. For me, this was like being in a news vacuum. I know how expansive and more detailed the information I get from the internet is since I have access to a multitude of publications along with different bloggers with their links and contributions to the perspective.

Brown (founding editor in chief of MSNBC.com) tells an interesting story:
There's a dramatic revolution taking place in the news business today and it isn't about TV-anchor changes, scandals at storied newspapers or even the fierce tensions between government and the press.

snip<....>There's an inescapable conclusion to be drawn from research I completed earlier this year for the Carnegie Corp. of New York about the news habits of 18- to 34-year-olds. In short, the future of the U.S. news industry is seriously threatened by the seemingly irrevocable move by young people away from traditional sources of news.

snip<....>While it is premature to definitively judge the impact of this revolution on public affairs, political discourse or on journalism itself, the writing is on the wall: The way the news will be delivered in the future has already been altered and more changes are undoubtedly on the way. How can we expect anything else, when the average age of a print newspaper reader is 53 and the average age of both broadcast and cable-news viewers is about the same?

Baby boomers read newspapers one-third less than their parents, and the Gen Xers read newspapers another one-third less than the boomers. And the issues these trends suggest can no longer be swept aside by the news giants that ruled for so long.


The Seattle Times: Opinion: I Webbed the news today oh boy!

I cancelled my newspaper subscription long before even the 2000 election. Most of my disgust with the Mpls. Star Tribune was from the Minnesota income/sales tax debate. The Strib was always for any tax increase or new tax as long as the tax didn't apply to "Them". MN Sales Tax applies to all other print media, only newspapers are exempt. Amazing how that works isn't it? I was one of those who read the paper from cover to cover with every section (ok, except for the Sports section). Then I'd do the crossword puzzle. The paper was available to be read at work but I rarely even looked at the front page. I'd see the bias in the omittance of the front page headline or what the Strib considered to be the most important news of the day.

Friday morning while staying with friends I was flipping the pages of the Strib while sitting at their kitchen table and on one of the back pages was a story about Air America and Al Franken. The Strib of course was a day late and a dollar short on the story. They were still reiterating the con job Franken had given about not knowing about the loans and playing the innocent victim. I'm amazed I actually found something written about Air America that was negative in the Strib since they adore and adulate Al Franken. Readers of the Strib will never read what Michelle Malken and Captains Quarters have "Investigated" and reported about the whole affair. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if the Strib never acknowledges Franken's involvement.

Interestingly Brown never acknowledges the role or emergence of blogging as news vehicle. So, I'd guess that not even Brown "gets it"!!

Thursday, September 08, 2005

The Only Attack Left for The Left......RACISM!

Howard Dean is joining in promoting the only charge the Democrats have to hurl at the Bush Administration - Racism. It's a lame charge and a weak charge. But we continue to see this type of unsubstantiated invective hurled like a four letter word at the President. Why? Because that's all the Neo-Socialist Democrats have left.

MIAMI Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean has told one of the nation's largest black church groups that racism was a factor in the rising death toll from Hurricane Katrina.Dean told the annual meeting of the National Baptist Convention of America in Miami that the nation must "come to terms with the ugly truth that skin color, age and economics played a deadly role in who survived and who did not."


He also said the funds that now support the Iraq war could be used to rebuild New Orleans or to aid the poor and elderly.
Copyright 2005 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.



Howard Dean, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and too many others should be asking why New Orleans officials turned away Red Cross supplies at the Super Dome and Convention Center prior to the storm hitting NO for prepositioning. Course that isn't in the cards for the above mentioned to talk about because they are all Democrats and NO is and has been a Democrat Machine forever and a day. One party rule of cities and states will only produce corruption and ineffective governance. Just look at Murderapolis (oh yeah, I mean Minneapolis).

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

LEAD, FOLLOW, OR GET OUT OF THE WAY!

Noble Eagle has a few good questions to be answered, go see how you would respond. I am amazed by the all of the histronics rallying around New Orleans when the important tasks at hand are still being managed. I don't understand the public carping and finger pointing while there is so much of the initial work remaining to be done.

Like the burning building in my example, hurricane Katrina (and its aftermath) is a crisis situation. Solve the problem first, point fingers later. Anyone who is pointing fingers now should be pushed aside immediately. They are not only not helping, they are hindering efforts. Remember the golden rule of crisis situations:

LEAD, FOLLOW, OR GET OUT OF THE WAY!

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Little Family Photos

I got a couple of photos I thought I'd post of my Mom. She's an awesome lady, really. Almost 80 years old, gave birth and raised 9 children and put up with a wild Italian husband for 60 years. We call her the saint! She's also a physical fitness nut. Today for example, we started out the day with an hour walk, then after we got back to the house she rode her bike to the fitness center and worked out on the machines for 40 minutes. Rode the bike home and picked up me and we went for an hour Pilates class. She wanted to know if I would go to her aerobics class with her tomorrow. Ahh, no I have to drive back to Mpls then!!

Here's a picture of the two of us on the dock. And here's a picture of her flexing some muscle!! You need muscles both in mind and body to raise 9 kids.
Good thing she never reads my blog, cause I'd probably catch it good for the muscle picture.

Monday, September 05, 2005

TRIBES

I didn't expect to post anything else but I found this link at Mudville Gazette and you should be sure to read it. It's from Bill Whittle at Eject Eject Eject.

I made my decision by about 8:00 eastern on September 11th, 2001.

I have never regretted it. It takes courage to fight oncoming storms. Courage. Courage isn’t free. It is taught, taught by certain tribes who have been around enough and seen enough incoming storms to know what one looks like. And I think the people of this nation, and those of New Orleans, specifically, desire and deserve some fundamental lessons in courage. Because we are going to need it.

Human Moral Equivalence and Bestiality. Excuse me, I think I'm going to Puke.

You got NAMBLA saying it's ok for boy-man sexual relations and now in Washington State it's human-animal sexual relations. We've always heard the condescending jokes about hillbillies and animals or for that matter the Norwegian bachelor in Northern Minnesota or one of the Dakotas. Now there's the state of Washington, home of the enlightened Lefty Socialists fighting for their right to have sex with (ugh!) animals.


snip: A WASHINGTON MAN died recently from internal injuries he sustained while having sex with a horse. After his body was dropped off at a hospital, police discovered that out-of-towners had rented a rural farm and then made local animals available for use in bestiality. Yes, video taping was involved.

This disgusting story should have had a quick ending with the arrests of the operators of the human/animal sex farm and their swift punishment. However, police discovered that there is no law against bestiality in Washington. So, even though a man is dead from a very intimate injury, even though police confiscated hundreds of graphic videotapes of people having sex with animals, apparently nothing is to be done about it.


snip: Enter Republican state Senator Pam Roach, who announced plans to introduce legislation in the next legislative session to make it a felony in Washington to commit bestiality
And just who is against this legislation?

The most prominent voice so far against outlawing bestiality is the Seattle Post Intelligencer's liberal columnist, Robert L. Jamieson Jr. In a July 23 column, Jamieson ridiculed Roach's proposal, writing that practices such as masturbation, oral sex, and gay sex were once considered wrong, too, and so why worry now about human/animal copulation if the animal isn't injured? "Human sex with animals remains a towering taboo, booty and the beast. But as Princeton University philosopher Peter Singer, the father of the animal rights movement, has put it, 'Sex with animals does not always involve cruelty.'"

Horse Sense

Alrighty then! These Lefty Socialist Democrats are using the homosexual/gay defense for their equivalence. It's just a waiting game for these people to continue the slide. See: Gay Marriage! What next? Man/Woman-Animal Marriage? Sounds like hyperbole doesn't it. It's all in the waiting game for the likes of these people.

Added note: I know this is kind of a off balance type of story amidst the Katrina Recovery and whaling and gnashing of whining going on whilst trying to blame George W. Bush for any and every thing that occurs in the planet today, but I had this posting sitting and waiting so I thought it would be an odd diversion plus give me a chance to update my blog. I haven't had much of a chance to read or peruse the net in the last few days and don't foresee this changing til next week. I figured if bestiality didn't bring ya in nothing would. Call me crass! **grin**

Link from Powerlineblog.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Yippeeeee!!!

My furniture is arriving in about 30 minutes. My back can't wait to sit on a comfortable chair or even better sleep on a real bed! Course there's the downside, I also get all those boxes I packed and will now need to be unpacked. But oh, to have a couch, bed, chair. That's just so special.


Update: 9/2/05 8pm: I had great movers. No surprises, no horror stories just really nice people. There were a couple dings but not a big deal. It's a huge relief to get the logistics of this move done. I'm still amazed everything worked! I impressed even myself, lol.

Vewwy early tomorrow I'm off again for one more week in Minnesota. A few days at the parents and a couple of days of work. Then it's back to Tennessee to put my house in order. Should be interesting to see what gas is going to cost me tomorrow. I'll be in touch in a few days.

Everybody, have a fun and safe Labor Day Weekend.

Coulter Calls Ted Kennedy On Release Of Documents

I couldn't resist this gem especially after Dr. Phat Tony's revelation regarding Teddy Kennedy's involvement with the hurricane. This addresses Ted Kennedy's "demand" for documents from John Roberts from 15 years ago.

Here's Ann:
This surprised me because the senator is such a strong advocate of the (nonexistent) "right to privacy." <...>Youth is no defense. John Roberts was 26 years old when he wrote the documents that Kennedy demands on behalf of the Senate. Kennedy was 36 when he drove Mary Jo Kopechne off a bridge.

If the Senate needs to know what Roberts thought about the law at age 26, then the Senate certainly needs to know what Kennedy thought about the law at age 36, when he drowned a girl and then spent the rest of the evening concocting an alibi instead of calling the police.

This isn't a "rehash" of Chappaquiddick; it's never been hashed. The Senate needs to know whether Kennedy was guilty of manslaughter. How else can the Senate be expected to carry out its constitutional duty to expel Kennedy unless Kennedy makes these key documents available?

We'll pick them up in the same van we send to collect John Kerry's military records and Bill Clinton's medical records.

Ann Coulter: How about Ted Kennedy's privacy

Yes, this is priceless Coulter at her best.


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